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The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made. In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed. But […]
Lost Sales Skills? Trial Closing Techniques Are Still Very Useful
by Tony Vidler Trial closing techniques from the world of sales are still very useful for modern professionals wanting to figure out whether their prospective client is getting onboard with the advice or not. Nobody likes to be “closed” by a sales person, and we sure don’t want prospects to feel like we […]
by Tony Vidler When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it. Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with. More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
If you want people to buy your advice, then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler When it comes to getting someone to buy your advice one of the best tips I can give is “dumb it down- but don’t treat them like dummies“. There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies. The first is about simplifying the message in order […]
by Tony Vidler Client complaints are a fact of life. It is virtually impossible to run a service business where everyone is happy 100% of the time, as human beings are involved and they are unpredictable creatures with ever-shifting expectations. The art of good client complaint handling is knowing when to fight and when to […]
by Tony Vidler Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem. It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”. I often […]
Are you offering Advice clients Fast Food or Fine Dining?
by Tony Vidler Many advisers are unsure about what they offer advice clients – cheap and cheerful advice on the fly, or a superb planning experience. Both do the job, albeit in different ways. But offering fast food at silver service prices is a business model that will struggle…and that’s what happens when there […]
Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
by Tony Vidler What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem. Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you. Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example. Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]
by Tony Vidler A Clients are just your best ones, right? Why? The concept of segmenting clients into different categories is driven by the desire to introduce efficiency into a practice while recognising that not all clients are of equal commercial value to the firm. It is also a way of recognising that not […]